> Flames take showdown
Williamsville East (9-0, 6-0), which shares the No. 1 large school ranking with Grand Island in the Western New York coaches girls soccer poll, remained unbeaten Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Sweet Home in their ECIC II showdown at East. It was the first loss in the division after five wins for Sweet Home.
Kendra Durden and Joelle Salvo scored first-half goals and Jenny Griffin tallied early in the second half to give the Flames a 3-0 lead.
"It was a good win for us because Sweet Home has got a pretty good team," said East coach Chris Durr.
> St. Joe's-Canisius a draw
St. Joe's needed a goal by Matt Tontino off a scramble with about two minutes to play to force overtime against rival Canisius in boys soccer. After two extra periods the teams left Irvington Field tied, 1-1.
Anthony Dominico scored for Canisius with about four minutes to play before Tontino answered with his 14th of the season. Jeff Krahel drew the assist. The Marauders had 27 shots to 12 by Canisius, which upset St. Joe's in the championship game of the Monsignor Martin playoffs last year.
The Crusaders are 6-2-2 overall, 2-1-1 in the league. St. Joe's is 1-2-1 in league play, losing one-goal decisions to St. Francis and Nichols.
"The competition in the league is tremendous this year with Nichols being in," said St. Joe's coach Mike Thoin. "Nichols, St. Francis and Canisius can all play. It makes the games a lot of fun."
In another rivalry game, Niagara Frontier League leader Kenmore East scored a 4-0 victory over visiting Kenmore West.
"This is one of those games you circle on the schedule," said winning coach Dick White. "The kids can't wait to play it."
Anthony Johnson and Steve Bartkowski each scored two goals for the Bulldogs while goalkeeper Jim Tomsic registered the shutout.
Now Kenmore West can circle Oct. 17 on the calendar. That's when the teams meet next.
> Another tennis marathon
When Caroline Bristol of Orchard Park and Esha Dagupta of Williamsville North go at it in a singles match, bring a lunch or a supper.
For the second time in two weeks, Bristol and Dagupta waged a marathon that decided the ECIC I girls tennis match between the schools in Orchard Park. Bristol won, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, in 3 1/2 hours to give the Quakers a 3-2 victory. The two staged a similar duel last week with Bristol also winning to give OP the victory -- also 3-2.